Former CSI: NY showrunner Pam Veasey is going back to her comedy roots with The Bass Player, His Neighbors, Their Landlord & Their Lovers, a multi-camera comedy which has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. The project, from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV, is in the vein of Jack Berlanti’s Jack & Bobby. It follows three guys and two women in their 20s who live in a brownstone in 2014 in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C., as they navigate relationships and careers in pursuit of love, sex, money and power. What these friends don’t know is that in 2036, one of them will become the 50th President of the United States while the rest are unknowingly part of the vetting process of the future president. Veasey is executive producing with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, with KristieAnne Reed co-executive producing. This fulfills the two-script deal Veasey inked with JBTV in May as she also has a cop drama based on Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series of books at Fox. Veasey started her career in comedy with stints on such shows as Gimme a Break!, In Living Color and Between Brothers before segueing to drama. This is the fourth sale this season for Bruckheimer TV whose slate has been evenly split between comedy and drama. The company has two put pilot commitments, for The Bass Player and drama Home at Fox and script commitments for comedy Bagel Nation at ABC and drama Oasis at CBS.
NBC has reduced the order to freshman procedural Chase by 4 episodes, from full-season 22 to 18. Chase, from Warner Bros. TV and Bruckheimer TV, was the lowest-rated NBC series to snag a full-season pickup last month but many …
EXCLUSIVE: Nine years after Jerry Bruckheimer TV made a big entrance in reality TV with The Amazing Race, the company is re-teaming with the Race creators for a new reality competition series, this time on ABC. ABC has handed out a six-episode order to Take the Money and Run (form. Catch Me), which Bruckheimer executive produces with Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri as well as Jonathan Littman and Belfast-based producer Philip Morrow, on whose format the series is based. Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Van Munster’s Profiles TV are producing with Horizon Alternative TV, the alternative division of Warner Horizon.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Donald Todd, co-creator/executive producer/showrunner of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?, has set up 2 new projects at CBS — comedy Zits and drama True Detectives. Both are based on well-known properties — Zits is a popular comic strip and Jonathan True Detectives is a best selling novel from Jonathan Kellerman. Both projects stem from Todd’s multi-script deal with Warner Bros TV, which co-produces Zits and True Detectives with studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Shephard/Robin Co., respectively. Zits is a live-action family comedy based on the comic strip that explores the sardonic wit and hormonal angst of 16-year-old Jeremy Duncan.